WAREHAM, MA: The Gatemen took on the Kettleers for the third time already this season on Saturday night, but This time, an 11-run win was not in the cards for Wareham. After the two teams went scoreless for the first three innings, Cotuit scattered 4 runs over the final six frames to beat the Gatemen by a score of 5-2.
Jared Ruxer (Louisville) started out pitching a decent game forWareham getting out of a runners on the corners jam in the first and a bases-loaded situation in the second. He gave up his first run in the fourth inning off of a RBI single from Adam Nelubowich (Washington State) from Cotuit that gave the Kettleers a one-nothing advantage.
On the opposing rubber, Kevin Ziomek was the shut-down pitcher theKettleers were looking for against the Gatemen. After falling 12-3 and 11-2 in their first two meetings with Wareham, Cotuit sent the Vanderbilt lefty to thehill and got a great performance.
Ziomek went seven innings and did not allow a run to cross theplate while only allowing four hits and striking out six. Not until the eighth inning did the Gatemen score a run, when they plopped a pair on the board.
With Cotuit up 4-0 headed into the bottom of the eighth, Kettleers reliever Cameron Griffin (Stetson) struck out the first two batters in order. Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech) then got on with a two-out walk and came home on a Claude Johnson (Arkansas State) RBI double. It was Johnson sixth RBI of the season.
With Johnson advancing to third on a throw home, Daniel Palka(Georgia Tech) ripped a single in the hole on the right side that scored Johnson, and soon the Cotuit deficit was cut in half at Spillane Field. Mott Hyde (Georgia Tech) followed Palka’s RBI rip with a hit of his own to left-center field, but Palka was thrown out at third trying to stretch it and subsequently ended the Gatemen threat.
The Kettleers added a run in the ninth off of Ruxer’s Cardinal teammate Joe Filomeno (Louisville) from an RBI single via Aramis Garcia (Florida International).
Wareham could not mount a rally in the final frame despite atwo-out hit from Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) who ended his night with a pair of base knocks.
Konner Wade (Arizona) and Nick Rumbelow (LSU) also appeared inrelief for the Gatemen, each pitching two innings. Wade allowed one earned off of four hits while Rumbelow allowed two earned off of five hits.
Ty McFarland (James Madison) caught a foul tip off the fingerwhile he was batting in the eighth inning and was sent to the hospital during the final innings. Manager Cooper Farris told the Gatemen he was going to visit McFarland right after the game was over and see how he was doing to provide an update.
The Gatemen fall back to .500 and drop to 10-10on the season, into a second place tie in the Western Division with Cotuit. Wareham plays at Brewster tomorrow night at 5:PM at Stony Brook Park for a sixth straight game before having an off day on Monday.